March is Women's History Month, and on Wednesday, March 22, Ms. Simone and her 4GB girls led Lower School Chapel teaching about women who have been significant figures throughout history.
Ms. Simone taught about the 19th amendment to the Constitution, which in 1920 gave women the right to vote. She explained that many brave women took risks in the years before that amendment passed to pave its way. “In many ways, the fight goes on with brave women leading the way," Ms. Simone said.
Her students then taught about a number of women, many of whom have been unheralded in our nation's history but were instrumental in advancing important causes. Among them:
- Lucretia Mott, a powerful speaker who in the early and mid-1800s advocated for racial and gender justice.
- Amelia Bloomer, a newspaper editor who worked to fix dress expectations in the 1800s that sometimes posed health hazards.
- Ida B. Wells, who in the late 1800s and early 1900s used her writing skills to shed light on injustices against African Americans in the South.
- Alice Paul, who in the 1900s helped advocate for passing of the 19th amendment.
Lower School Director Michelle Alexander closed the chapel, reminding students that “just one person can make a difference."